Mike Foote, a long-time Deputy District Attorney with the Boulder County District Attorney’s office, has announced his candidacy for the Colorado State House of Representatives in District 12 in 2012. Foote pledges a commitment to progress, community, and public service.
For the past seven years, Foote has prosecuted major white-collar and other criminal cases in the Boulder office, winning justice for victims of embezzlement fraud, Ponzi schemes, arson and other violent crime. “In the District Attorney’s office, I work hard to make sure offenders are held accountable.” said Foote. “Now, I want to use my problem solving experience to help east Boulder County families overcome the current challenges they face. For many residents in the district this includes the opportunity to have a good job, get ahead and provide a great education for their children.”
Foote graduated from Indiana University, the University of Colorado School of Law, and received a master’s degree at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Foote is also the founder of the Colorado chapter of the progressive Truman National Security Project. He served as a prosecutor in the Durango District Attorney’s office before moving to Boulder. Foote began his career in public service by organizing events and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for working student scholarships at Indiana University.
“Mike is one of the most committed and persistent attorneys I’ve ever worked with,” said Stan Garnett, Boulder County District Attorney. “He believes strongly in fairness and supports this community and its families. Boulder County needs him at the state capitol.”
House District 12 is in east Boulder County and includes the cities of Louisville, Lafayette and a section of Longmont. The Colorado Reapportionment Commission, an appointed group that is redrawing state political districts, is considering proposals that could change the Longmont neighborhoods in the district or add a portion of Superior. The current House District 12 representative is Democrat Matt Jones. On August 18, Jones announced he will run for the open state senate seat (Senate District 17, currently occupied by term-limited Brandon Shaffer) in 2012. Foote is also a Democrat.
Foote and his wife, Heidi, live in Lafayette and have a two-year-old daughter and another girl on the way. He enjoys the outdoors and the open space and trails in Boulder County, likes to ski and is an avid cyclist.
“For the last 14 years I have served my community and I look forward to doing the same at the state capitol,” said Foote. “We live in a great place, but we have challenges. We need the right policies to move us forward.”